Deputies put on administrative leave following death

Three Richmond County sheriff’s deputies are on administrative leave following the death of an Augusta man Friday night after he was shocked with a Taser.

Lt. Calvin Chew refused to release the names of the deputies, saying the incident is an ongoing investigation.

About 8 p.m. Friday, deputies attempted to apprehend George Harvey, 39, at the Chevron Food Mart at 1501 Gordon Highway. Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said Sunday that Harvey went into cardiac arrest after a Taser was used on him.

Emergency medical personnel were called and deputies performed CPR on Harvey until they arrived. He was taken to Georgia Re­gents Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:47 p.m., Boose said.

Richmond County investigators secured the scene, and the case was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, according to an incident report.

GBI Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan confirmed that investigators seized a Taser at the scene, but couldn’t discuss its role in the death.

“We cannot discuss the issue of the Taser at this point in time,” he said.

Morgan said the GBI will download information from the Taser, including where it was used and how many times it cycled through, but those results won’t be available until the end of the week.

Once the GBI has gathered enough information, Morgan said it will submit its findings to District Attorney Ashley Wright. He said he couldn’t speculate on how long that process might take.

“We work these investigations in a timely manner,” he said. “They are important issues to resolve.”

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